A stunning second half performance enabled the Newcastle Jets to farewell Emily van Egmond a winner at No. 2 Sportsground on Sunday.
The Gary van Egmond-coached outfit responded from a 2-all scoreline to knock over fifth-placed Western United 4-2 in front of a very vocal A-League Women’s (ALW) crowd.
While the Matildas star played a major role in the triumph, her final appearance in 2023/24, the plaudits must go to youngster Lauren Allen, who bagged a double.
Overall, it was a superb effort by the Jets to secure their maiden victory at home.
However, United fought every step of the way.
Newcastle keeper Izzy Nino was called into action early – and looked sharp from the onset to deny the visitors.
While, at the other end of the paddock, Allan, Lara Gooch and Cass Davis kept Western goalie Hillary Beall busy.
Despite that, it seemed United would strike first when a poor officiating decision resulted in Tyla-Jay Vlajnic receiving a free kick in the 20th minute.
But, justice was served when Chloe Logarzo’s shot sailed wide of the posts.
Soon after, Sarina Bolden placed a nice through-ball to Allan, and the local junior made no mistake to put the hosts ahead 1-0.
Gooch, Sophie Hoban and Emma Dundas also looked dangerous on several occasions.
As the Jets’ defence relaxed in the latter stages, Western’s best opportunity came in the 45th minute, however Melissa Taranto missed a sitter, allowing the home side to head into the sheds 1-0 at the break.
United began impressively after the resumption.
And, they made the most of it when Nino felled Hannah Keane in the penalty area. Logarzo converted to tie it up at 1-all.
Newcastle retaliated in the 62nd minute when Allan cut the ball back to van Egmond, who put the Jets 2-1 to the good, much to the delight of the fans.
It followed a near-miss by Bolden.
Newcastle’s joy was short-lived as Western’s Stacey Papadopoulos celebrated her 27th birthday with an amazing shot to draw level again at 2-all.
The match then turned on its head when van Egmond passed through to Bolden, who sensationally chipped over Beall for a 3-2 lead.
Then, in the 74th minute, Lorena Baumann executed a perfect cross to Allan, who headed in for goal number four.
The Jets had another disallowed soon after, when the touch judge ruled Bolden offside.
However, it didn’t matter in the end with Newcastle prevailing 4-2.
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